Vending Times: “Shield T3 Taps Vending Technology to Automate COVID Testing”
Shield T3’s CEO David Clark is quoted in a new Vending Times article, discussing the evolution of our vending machine offering for school campuses and other community settings.
Shield T3’s original vending machines were COVID-19 test-focused. Today, our new, improved wellness kiosks give people access to other essential healthcare items.
(For the complete article, visit Vending Time’s website):
Clark became part of the development team after joining Shield T3 in January of 2021, a few months after the organization was incorporated. Clark, bringing experience in the smart building industry, views Shield T3 as one of the most innovative uses to date of vending technology.
“The vending became the central point of that testing technology on college campuses,” Clark said. “It was a very creative use of vending machine technology and it worked very, very well.”
The machines communicate directly to a university’s electronic health records. University administrators can then monitor demand and positivity-rate data from the tests purchased via an online dashboard.
“From that student health account students could order tests directly,” Clark said. “They would have their test approved that they were eligible for a test. They could walk to any of the vending machines on campus and scan a QR code on the front of the Invenda vending machine and have a test kit drop out of that vending machine.
“You’re actually using your phone, your smart device, you’re accessing your account, you’re going into your account and you’re selecting that you’d like a COVID test, and then it’s going and checking your permissions,” Clark said. He called it “next generation e-commerce.”
“We’re converting those COVID-only-purpose machines to multiple-purpose machines that are going to vend a wide variety of health solutions,” Clark said. “We will have some ‘smart’ dialog within the electronic medical record of that student. It truly is a new and differentiated model.”
This new solution will be in place for July 2023 for the start of the next school year in August.
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